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Participants will learn the concepts of local anesthesia including pharmacology, indications, contraindications, anatomical considerations, armamentaria, and the management of complications and reactions. Participants will demonstrate techniques for safe and effective administration of local anesthesia.

COURSE RATIONALE: This course fulfills the Florida State Dental Practice Act (Statute 466.017, SB 1040) requirement regarding the certification for the administration and monitoring of local anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist.

COURSE GOALS: The goal of the course is to prepare the practicing dental hygienist in alleviating and managing his/her patient's dental pain and anxiety. The hygienist will be provided background knowledge in how nerve impulses are propagated and blocked and the mechanics of local anesthesia administration. C.E. UNITS: 60

COURSE FEE: $975 (Fee includes all course materials)


TEXTBOOK: Daskalos Logothetis, D (2012).Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist 1st Edition.Elsevier, ISBN# 978-0323-07371-4.

CERTIFICATION: Participants seeking a certificate to administer local anesthesia must apply to the Florida Department of Health (DOH), remit an application fee, and submit proof of successful completion of this course. The Florida Board of Dentistry shall certify, and the DOH shall issue a certificate to, the participant who fulfills the qualifications.

DIDACTIC HOURS: Thirty (30) hours on-line (must be completed prior to on-campus clinical component)

CLINICAL HOURS: Participants will have clinical experience in the anatomy lab using anatomical skulls to achieve an understanding of the anatomical location of nerves, muscle and bone landmarks and practice their skills on course participants. Thirty (30) hours of clinical practice: 15 hours of observation either in an accredited dental/dental hygiene educational institution and/or with a licensed dentist. (All observation must be documented on provided form) 15 hours in the Miami Dade College Dental Hygiene Clinic providing local anesthesia; this will include practical examinations to evaluate competency.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: 30 hours didactic via Evolve through PowerPoint presentations and online examinations. On-site clinical demonstrations, hands-on clinical practice on a partner in the Medical Campus Dental Hygiene Clinic and in-office clinical observation.

PREREQUISITES: Current Dental Hygiene License  Current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Provider certification

ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS:  Proof of liability (malpractice) insurance, due at start of 15 clinical hours on campus. Online assignments, successful completion of on-line examinations, and 15 hours of observation must be completed prior to on-campus clinical experience. Attendance is mandatory for all classroom and clinical instruction.

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In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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